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The Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket's twill three-layer softshell fabric provides protection from nasty winter storms along with softshell stretch and breathability. Wear this jacket on dawn patrols and deep days in the resort.

  • DryQ Elite waterproof breathable fabric uses Instant-On technology so the fabric doesn't wait until the inside of your jacket gets humid and clammy to start breathing
  • Sonic welded seams keep wetness from seeping in through the seams and increase flexibility (compared to taped seams)
  • Underarm zips dump excess heat
  • Stretch powder skirt blocks snow and can be removed for less bulk when you wear this jacket around town
  • Butter Jersey cuffs for wrist softness
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Great overall

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Great jacket...awesome color and quality as always from Mountain Hardware. I am 5 ft 5in and wear a size 8 and the size Medium fits perfectly with room for a down sweater jacket as an under layer. Only beef with it is that is says it's helmet compatible, but it really isn't. I can get it over my helmet but it lifts the jacket up if you catch my drift...alright when riding up the lift, but no good if you actually wanted to ski with the hood on. On the other hand though...this would be a great rain jacket as the hood is 'normally' sized, not crazy huge like say an Arc Teryx. Now if I could only find the pants...hard when it's last season gear. But can't beat the price.

Full monty

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Pulled the trigger and bought for my wife despite not getting all my questions answered. My instincts were correct - this jacket has it all. Concerns about sizes and sleeve width were answered when it arrive. Went with small, see below for wife sizes, and she will be able to fit a few layers beneath and no arm issues. She would need to size up if planning to use for cold weather top-layer to fit my layers underneath. Color is almost cantaloup and the tapped seams look dirty when not being worn. If concerned about jacket getting dirty go with the dark colors.

Functional and simple!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This has been my jacket for the past two years. I cannot say enough good things about the DryQ Elite waterproof technology. When hiking in the mountains I've noticed that I am the only one out of my friends that can hike and keep this crucial layer on while doing so because it breaths so well. I layer this shell with the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket. When I'm in the mountains for a long day of touring it's super important for me to keep my down layer dry an warm. I stuff the puffy in my pack and hike with my shell keeping my first layers protected as well. I almost never use the pit zips because of the breathability too...I am yet to find another technology that performs as well as DryQ Elite and it's been super fun to share DryQ Elite with friends because it works and has changed my world in the mountains! I love the simplicity of this jacket as well.

Functional and simple!

Excellent, but not ski helmet compatible

    In almost all regards, this is a fantastic jacket. This jacket had everything I was looking for: chamois cuffs to keep snow off my wrists; a zip out powder skirt so that it would be comfy on and off mountain; a welded soft shell so no annoying mesh liners or weird stiff fabric; and pit zips and plenty of room for movement (I telemark, so I prefer a little more room in the pits).

    But this does not have a ski helmet compatible hood, despite assurances from the rep that I spoke with and MH reps in the store that I visited. MH's description conspicuously omits compatibility from its description, even though you see it on other jackets. At $450 -- and because it's supposedly snowtastic -- this thing should have a compatible hood. If you plan to wear this mountaineering, it will probably work with a lower profile mountaineering helmet, but not a standard Giro ski helmet and definitely not a racing helmet. I can't decide if this is going back -- since the hood is too small to comfortably fit a helmet, it's basically like having no hood at all, which is a bummer when its windy and cold on the mountain. It makes you wonder if this is on sale because it's last year's colors or because it wasn't made to spec...on sale this is a great deal for a great jacket. At full price, it falls short.

    Are there any interior pockets? I want...

    Are there any interior pockets? I want to buy this for my wife but we can't seem to find a nice shell that actually has interior pockets for women. What's the deal with that?

    Best Answer

    Yes there is an interior open mesh pocket and a zip pocket as well however there isn't access to the same chest pocket through the inside and outside as stated above. The outside chest pocket has an interior hole where you could run headphone cables on the interior of your jacket.

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    Do you have the approximate measurements...

    Do you have the approximate measurements for the medium jacket itself? I need to know pit to pit, and across the bottom of the jacket as not sure if between sizes?

    Is this year's version helmet compatible?...

    Is this year's version helmet compatible?

    heart. As the review mentions below, the hood is compatible with some helmets and is considered to be a helmet compatible hood. Due to the myriad of helmets on the market it is really challenging to make a hood to fit them all. It would be absolutely worth trying the jacket with whatever helmet you decided to use as there is a very good chance that it will fit without a problem. Cheers!

    Mountain Hardwear does not indicate that this jacket is helmet compatible. (They do specify helmet compatibility on many of their jackets.) I ordered it. It is clearly NOT designed to be helmet compatible. Of course, if you have a very small head and are wearing a very low profile climbing helmet, you might be able to squish into it. It is marketed as a ski jacket and it is not compatible with ski helmets.